Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th, with an Erma Bombeck Smile

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"You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness." --Erma Bombeck, 1927-1996, writer and columnist

Happy 4th to all! Hope your celebration is special and your potato salad stays fresh :-)

Familiar with Erma Bombeck?  She could sure offer up great humor, especially some of her takes on parenthood. Many times she managed to be funny and profound at the same time. She also was a prolific writer. Some of her titles include: If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?; The Grass is Always Green Over the Septic Tank; When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It's Time to Go Home; and At Wit's End.

Samples of her quips:

"Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died."--Erma Bombeck

"All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them."--Erma Bombeck

"Housework, if you do it right, will kill you."--Erma Bombeck

"I have a theory about the human mind. A brain is a lot like a computer. It will only take so many facts, and then it will go on overload and blow up." --Erma Bombeck

Hope you enjoy the holiday. What's your favorite picnic food or Fourth of July tradition? Do you have a favorite Erma Bombeck quip or story?


  1. I love Erma Bombeck! I used to have a cookbook which I'm pretty sure was by her. My favorite chapter title: Dinner - Can't We Take Them Out To? :-)

    My family does pretty traditional things on the fourth--picnics and fireworks. As we get older, our picnics have tended to be less involved. There's more emphasis on the people and less emphasis on the food.

    Hope you had a great holiday!

    1. Peggy, an Erma Bombeck cookbook might make cooking a little more fun I think! Maybe I should get my hands on one? I love how you say there's more emphasis on people and less on the food at your celebrations nowadays. I think that is so true. We had a nice day here, with kids, grandkids, brothers. It was a good day :-)

  2. Always loved reading Erma Bombeck's column in my mom's magazines (or newspaper, or wherever it was, lol). She always hit the nail on the head, didn't she? So friendly and down to earth, for sure. Hope you are enjoying a great 4th week! :)

    1. Karen, another Erma Bombeck fan, glad to hear it :-) We could start a fan club! We are enjoying a good week here, hope you are, too...